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Christmas is Coming…

Isn’t that a great name for a yarn? Last week I shared my spoils from Festiwool which included this beauty ‘Christmas is Coming’ by Rosie’s Moments.

Christmas YarnIt’s so festive, it makes me happy every time I look at it! I have been itching to wind it up and cast something on this week, but have been super disciplined and finished my yak shawl first 🙂

Here it is ready to be blocked tomorrow.

Tibetan Cloud ShawlSo now that’s off the needles I went ahead and wound up the Christmas yarn today – see how it sparkles?

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Christmas yarnI have since been trawling through Ravelry looking at shawl patterns that will show off this beauty, and I just can’t make up my mind…

You will see from the pictures above that the colour changes are fast and frequent so I want something fairly simple that will let the yarn do the talking…and I have narrowed it down to these 5 designs…

Nirmilintu by Heidi Alander

Nirmilintu shawlWhat I love about this design is that the lace pattern looks like little Christmas trees 🙂 I think they may get lost in the yarn though…

Pogona by Stephen West

Pogona shawlThis shawl is such a beautiful shape and the stitch patterns will show off the yarn perfectly.

Summit by Mandie Harrington

Summit Shawl

I love, love, LOVE this stunning and unusual design! I won’t have enough yarn to make the full size wrap though so it will probably end up more of a scarf.

Miss Winkle by Martina Behm

Miss Winkle Shawl

A simple, squishy garter stitch shawl with a pretty loop edging, this could work nicely 🙂

Filigree Shawl and Scarf by Michele Bernstein

Filigree Shawl

Finally a lovely classic shawl with just the right amount of lacework. And I do love lacework…

I knit up a swatch to see how the yarn works: 15 rows of garter st, 15 rows stockinette, 1 knit row and a leafy lace pattern (please forgive the bad photo)

SwatchWhat do you think? Which pattern would you choose for this yarn?

Any suggestions will be gratefully received as I really cannot make up my mind!

Happy knitting x

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Bears, Cowls and Pompoms!

I have had a productive knitting week so far, my lovely little Bakery Bear is coming along very nicely.

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I’ve done his head, body, ears, nose and arms so just have his legs to do before I assemble him all together and make his outfit. It’s a quicker knit than I thought it would be although I am using DPN’s which can be quite fiddly on the smaller rounds (the pattern suggests using magic loop but I’m not so good at that). I’ve never made a toy before and am pleased I picked this as my first pattern as the instructions are really clear and easy to follow. Hopefully I will be able to show you the finished bear next week!

I thought I had finished my new cowl design at the weekend, I reworked the top half and blocked it but when I tried it on yesterday it still didn’t sit right.

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I am happy with the lower layer as it sits really nicely at the front, but the 2nd repeat doesn’t fall naturally back on itself, so it’s back to he drawing board, I ended up ripping it back to the 18th row and I now have a new plan 🙂

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And I had another set back this evening as my computer crashed. I thought I had recently saved the work I had done on the design programme I use but it turns out I hadn’t saved since Saturday night….a few choice words were uttered! Luckily I had transferred the charts over to Word as I started writing up the pattern so I can recreate them – but that’s a job for another day…

And PomPom magazine arrived yesterday! If you are unfamiliar with this publication its a quarterly magazine with gorgeous patterns, all beautifully photographed, and has some interesting articles. This quarter also features a recipe for winter cocktails – yes please!

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Just look at a couple of the beautiful patterns…I think my favourite in this issue is the Art Deco inspired Turnberry by Courtney Spainhower

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And this peacock feather inspired oversized scarf, Avalon Ballroom by Clare Lakewood is just too pretty for words…

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My knitting wish list just got a little longer!

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New Pattern! The Moon and the Sky Shawl

It’s taken me a while to share this but I’m pleased to say that my latest design The Moon and the Sky Shawl is up on Ravelry 🙂

The Moon and the Sky Shawl

This design came about after the purchase of some Theseus Lace yarn from Eden Cottage Yarns in the Steel colourway. As soon as I got my hands it’s luscious squishyness I had visions of a delicate, cobwebby shawl and I just had to drop everything else and cast on a swatch! Made up of 75% merino and 25% silk this glossy, fine laceweight yarn is a dream to knit with.

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The pattern alternates between stockinette and lace panels, with the lace repeat worked over 6 stitches and 8 rows, with little size 8 beads placed with a crochet hook as you go along.

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What I also love about this yarn is the way the colour varies in tone to create subtle silvery stripes in the stockinette panels…

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As the finished shawl is quite large it be worn in a variety of ways.

Moon and SkyShawl as scarf

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Here it is ‘in action’ when I wore it to Mr. A’s annual work conference…

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…and with the shoes… 😉

Moon & Sky Shoes

I would like to say a big THANK YOU to Amanda at Dissemiknit for tech editing this pattern for me, and to my lovely test knitters on Ravelry who gave lots of valuable feedback and provided some great photo’s for the project page – do go and check them out!

Happy knitting x

Sunday Stitches

Sunday Stitches – Fir Cone and Quilted Lattice Stitch

This weeks sample patterns are the Fir Cone and the Quilted Lattice Stitches taken from the Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara Walker.

Fir Cone

Worked over a multiple of 10 sts + 1.

Fir Cone

The sample shown is worked over 41 sts.

Rows 1 (WS) and all other wrong side rows: Purl
Rows 2, 4, 6 and 8: K1 [yo, k3, sl1-k2tog-psso, k3, yo, k1] 4 times, k1
Rows 10, 12, 14 and 16: K2tog [k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, sl1-k2tog-psso] 4 times, k1

Repeat rows 1 -26

Quilted Lattice

Worked over a multiple of 6 sts +3

Quilted Lattice

The sample shown is worked over 33 sts.

Row 1 (WS) and all other wring side rows: Purl
Row 2: K2 [sl5 wyif, k1] 5 times, k1
Row 4: K4 [insert needle under the loose strand and knit the next stitch bringing the stitch out under the strand, k5] 5 times, k1
Row 6: K1, sl3 wyif [k1, sl5 wyif] 4 times, end k1, sl3 wyif, k1
Row 8: K1 [knit the next stitch under the loose strand, k5] 5 times, end last repeat with a k1


Stitch Abbrevaitions

k– Knit
p – Purl
k2tog – Knit 2 stitches together
yo – Wrap the working yarn over the right needle, from front to back (counter-clockwise)
sl1-k2tog-psso – Slip 1 stitch, knit 2 stitches together, pass slipped stitch over (2 sts decreased)
Sl – slip stitch
wyif – with yarn in front

Happy knitting! x

Sunday Stitches

Sunday Stitches – Flame Chevron and Cane Stitch

This weeks sample patterns are the Flame Chevron taken from the Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara Walker, and the Cane Stitch from the Treasury of Knitting Patterns also by Barbara Walker.

Flame Chevron

Worked over a multiple of 7 sts + 4.

Flame Chevron

The sample shown is worked over 32 sts.

Rows 1 (WS) and all other wrong side rows: Purl
Row 2: K3 [ssk, k5, yo] 4 times, k1
Row 4: K3 [ssk, k4, yo, k1] 4 times, k1
Row 6: K3 [ssk, k3, yo, k2] 4 times, k1
Row 8: K3 [ssk, k2, yo, k3] 4 times, k1
Row 10: K3 [ssk, k1, yo, k4] 4 times, k1
Row 12: K3 [ssk, yo, k5] 4 times, k1
Row 14: K1 [yo, k5, k2tog] 4 times, k3
Row 16: K2 [yo, k4, k2tog, k1] 4 times, k2
Row 18: K3 [yo, k3, k2tog, k2] 4 times, k1
Row 20: K4 [yo, k2, k2tog, k4] 4 times
Row 22: K5 [yo, k1, k2tog, k4] 3 times, yo, k1, k2tog, k3
Row 24: K6 [yo, k2tog, k5] 3 times, yo, k2tog, k3

Repeat rows 1 -24

Cane Stitch Pattern (or Grand Picot Eyelet)

This simple mesh stitch is worked over 3 rows so is completely reversible.

Worked over a multiple of 3 sts + 4 edge sts

Cane Stitch Blocked

The sample shown is worked over 34 sts.

Row 1: K2 [sl1-k2tog-psso, yo twice] 10 times, k2
Row 2: K2 [*p1, k1* into the double yarnover, p1] 10 times, k2
Row 3: Knit

Repeat rows 1 – 3

The sample shown above has been blocked but this stitch also works well unblocked as it has a lovely textured ‘waffley’ effect.

Cane Stitch unblocked

Cane Stitch


Stitch Abbrevaitions

k– Knit
p – Purl
k2tog – Knit 2 stitches together
yo – Wrap the working yarn over the right needle, from front to back (counter-clockwise)
ssk – Slip 2 stitches knitwise, then knit slipped stitches together
sl1-k2tog-psso – Slip 1 stitch, knit 2 stitches together, pass slipped stitch over (2 sts decreased)

Happy knitting! x

Sunday Stitches

Sunday Stitches – Pillar & Web Stitch and Garland Pattern

The samples I have been working on this week are the pretty Pillar & Web pattern and the eyelet band Garland Pattern, both taken from the Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara Walker.

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Pillar and Web Stitch

This pattern is unusual as it is worked using 2 different needle sizes, one needle being 4 sizes than the other! It is worked over a multiple of 6 sts + 2.

The sample shown is worked over 38 sts, using a 4mm and a 6mm needle.

Rows 1 (WS): With the large needle, knit
Row 2: With the smaller needle, k1 [*skip the next 3 sts and purl the 4th st, drawing it off the needle over the 3 skipped sts* repeat this step 3 times, purl the 3 skipped sts] 6 times, k1

Repeat rows 1 and 2

The reverse side of this pattern is also very pretty.

Pillar & Web WS

Garland Pattern

Worked over a multiple of 7 sts

Garland Stitch

The sample shown is worked over 35 sts.

Rows 1 – 4: Knit
Row 5 (WS): Purl
Rows 6, 7, 8 and 9: Knit
Row 10: [K1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1] 5 times
Row 11: [P2tog-tbl, yo, p3, yo, p2tog] 5 times
Row 12: [K1, yo, k2tog, yo, sl1-k2tog-psso, yo, k1] 5 times
Row 13: [P1, yo, p2tog, p1, p2tog-tbl, yo, p1] 5 times
Row 14: [K2, yo, sl1-k2tog-psso, yo, k2] 5 times
Rows 15, 16, 17 and 18: Knit
Row 19: Purl
Row 20: Knit

Repeat rows 5 – 20


Stitch Abbrevaitions

k– Knit
p – Purl
k2tog – Knit 2 stitches together
yo – Wrap the working yarn over the right needle, from front to back (counter-clockwise)
ssk – Slip 2 stitches knitwise, then knit slipped stitches together
P2tog-tbl – Purl 2 stitches together through the back loops
p2tog – Purl 2 stitches together
sl1-k2tog-psso – Slip 1 stitch, knit 2 stitches together, pass slipped stitch over (2 sts decreased)

Happy knitting! x

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Sunday Stitches – Moorish Lattice and Ridge Feather Stitch

The samples I have been working on this week are the mock cable effect Moorish Lattice stitch taken from the Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara Walker and the Ridge Feather Stitch from the Stitch Library by Claire Crompton.

Moorish Lattice Stitch

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Worked over a multiple of 6 sts + 5.

The sample shown is worked over 35 sts.

Rows 1 – 4: Knit
Row 5: K4 [p3, k3] 5 times, k1 (35 sts)
Row 6: K1 [p3, k3] 5 times, p3, k1 (35 sts)
Row 7: Repeat row 5
Row 8: K1 [p3, sl2-k1-psso] 5 times, p3, k1 (25 sts)
Row 9: K4 [p1, k3] 5 times, k1 (25 sts)
Row 10: K1 [p3, (k1, yo, k1) in next st] 5 times, p3, k1 (35 sts)
Row 11: Repeat row 5
Row 12: Repeat row 6
Row 13: Repeat row 5
Row 14: K2, p2tog [k1, (k1, yo, k1) in next st, k1, p3tog] 4 times, k1, (k1, yo, k1) in next st, k1, p2tog, k2 (35 sts)
Row 15:  Repeat row 6
Row 16: Repeat row 5
Row 17: Repeat row 6
Row 18: K1 [sl2-k1-psso, p3] 5 times, sl2-k1-psso, k1 (23 sts)
Row 19: K1 [p1, k3] 5 times, p1, k1 (23 sts)
Row 20: K1 [(k1, yo, k1) in next st, p3] 5 times, (k1, yo, k1) in next st, k1 (35 sts)
Row 21: Repeat row 5
Row 22: Repeat row 6
Row 23: Repeat row 5
Row 24: K2, knit into the front and back of next st [k1, p3tog, k1, (k1, yo, k1) in next st] 4 times, k1, p3tog, k1, knit into the front and back of the next st, k2 (35 sts)

Repeat rows 5 – 24

Ridge Feather Stitch

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Worked over a multiple of 11 sts

The sample shown is worked over 33 sts.

Rows 1 – 4: Knit
Row 5: Knit
Row 6: Purl
Row 7: [P2tog twice, (yo, k1) 3 times, yo, p2tog twice] 3 times
Row 8: Purl

Repeat rows 5 – 8


Stitch Abbrevaitions

k– Knit
p – Purl
yo – Wrap the working yarn over the right needle, from front to back (counter-clockwise)
Sl2-k1-psso – Slip 2 sts together, k1, pass slipped stitches over (2 sts decreased)
p2tog – Purl 2 stitches together

Happy knitting! x

Sunday Stitches

Sunday Stitches – Lace Background Stitch

This weeks samples are the Lace Background Stitch taken from the Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara Walker.

I made 2 samples using a DK yarn, one on 7mm needles and one on 4mm needles – they are the same pattern but it just goes to show what a difference the needle size can make!

Lace Background Stitch – 7mm needles

Lace Background

Worked over an odd number of stitches.

The sample shown is worked over 29 stitches.

Row 1 (RS): K1 [yo, sl1, k1, yo, psso knit st and yo] 14 times
Row 2: [P2, drop the yo from preceding row] 14 times, p1
Row 3: K2 [yo, sl1, k1, yo, psso knit st and yo] 13 times, k1
Row 4: P3 [P2, drop the yo from preceding row] 12 times, p2

Repeat rows 1 – 4

Lace Background Stitch – 4mm needles

Lace Background Stitch

Worked as above.


Stitch Abbrevaitions

k– Knit
p – Purl
yo – Wrap the working yarn over the right needle, from front to back (counter-clockwise)
sl1 – Slip 1 stitch
psso – pass slipped stitch over

Happy knitting! x

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New Pattern! The Beekeeper Shawl

I’m really pleased to say that my new design The Beekeeper Shawl is now up on Ravelry 🙂

Beekeeper Shawl

The design started last year when I feel in love with the beautiful honeybee stitch. It’s so much fun to work and it looks so pretty! You can find a full tutorial on this stitch here.

Honeybee Stitch

The wings of the shawl are worked in a simple ‘alternating leaf’ lace pattern.

Beekeeper Lace Pattern

I actually finished making the shawl whilst on holiday in Greece last year, it felt strange working on a shawl in 30+ degree heat but I wish I could have that view whilst working on every project!

Beekeeper

The trouble was that when I got home I didn’t write up the pattern straight away so it took me an age to decipher my notes and get it into some form of legible pattern. On that note I would like to say a big THANK YOU to Amanda at Dissemiknit for doing such a brilliant job tech editing it for me!

I made my shawl using Jillybean ‘Knot another Granny‘ sport weight yarn, but it also works really well in a plainer coloured yarn. The shawl below was made by Linda (BreezyHDK on Ravelry), one of the ladies that volunteered to test knit the pattern for me. Don’t you just love the colour she chose?

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© BreezyHDK (Photo used with kind permission)

This design process has been a massive learning curve for me, but I loved every second of it and I can’t wait to get on and do some more now!

Happy knitting x

Sunday Stitches

Sunday Stitches – The Dainty and the Daintier Chevron

This week’s samples are the Dainty Chevron and the Daintier Chevron stitches, taken from A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara Walker.

I made one sample for these 2 stitch patterns, starting with the dainty chevron at the top and then the daintier one at the bottom.

Dainty and Daintier Chevrons

Dainty Chevron

Dainty Chevron

Worked over multiple of 8 stitches + 1.

The sample shown is worked over 33 stitches.

Row 1 (WS) and all other WS rows: P33
Row 2: K1 [ssk [k1, yo] twice, k1, k2tog, k1] 4 times
Row 4: As row 2
Row 6: K1 [yo, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo, k1] 4 times
Row 8: K2 [yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k3] 3 times, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k2
Row 10: K3 [yo, sl2tog-k1-psso, yo, k5] 3 times, yo, sl2tog-k1-psso, yo, k3

Repeat rows 1 – 10

Daintier Chevron

Daintier Chevron

Worked over multiple of 8 stitches + 1.

The sample shown is worked over 33 stitches.

Row 1 (RS): K1 [ssk [k1, yo] twice, k1, k2tog, k1] 4 times
Row 2: P1 [p2tog [p1, yo] twice, p1, p2tog-tbl, p1] 4 times
Row 3: K1 [yo, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo, k1] 4 times
Row 4: P2 [yo, p2tog, p1, p2tog-tbl, yo, p3] 3 times, yo, p2tog, p1, p2tog-tbl, yo, p2
Row 5: K3 [yo, sl2tog-k1-psso, yo, k5] 3 times, yo, sl2tog-k1-psso, yo, k3
Row 6: Repeat row 2
Row 7: Repeat row 1
Row 8: P1 [yo, p2tog, p3, p2tog-tbl, yo, p1] 4 times
Row 9: K2 [yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k3] 3 times, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k2
Row 10: P3 [yo, sl2tog-k1-psso, yo, p5] 3 times, yo, sl2tog-k1-psso, yo, p3

Repeat rows 1 – 10


Stitch Abbrevaitions

k– Knit.
p – Purl.
yo – Wrap the working yarn over the right needle, from front to back (counter-clockwise)
ssk – Slip 2 stitches knitwise, then knit slipped stitches together
k2tog – Knit 2 stitches together
sl2tog-k1-psso – Slip 2 sts together, k1, pass slipped stitches over (2 sts decreased)
p2tog – Purl 2 stitches together
p2tog-tbl – Purl 2 stitches together through the back loops

Happy knitting! x